More than 1 million Tennesseans have filed new unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to state data released today (Thursday).
Another 18,237 jobless Tennesseans filed new claims last week as infections continue to surge in Tennessee. This is the newest claims the state has seen in a single week since July, and it pushed the state's total number of claims to 1,021,145 since March 15.
Giles County reported 290 continued week claims and 97 initial claims the week of January 16.
The number of new and continued claims had been on a fairly steady decline since peaking in April, but it began to rise again as winter months brought more infections and a CARES Act extension was signed into law.
Eligible Tennesseans will continue to receive unemployment benefits through programs including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation for an additional 11 weeks, concluding the week ending March 13.